Amino acids, Beauty, Health, Science-based nutrition, Super foods, Uncategorized

On complete protein: food combinations, essential amino acids, and vegan sources

I have emphasized here the importance of understanding the specific nutritional benefits as well as limitations of a vegan diet. In 9/10 cases, we vegans get asked about protein consumption and supplementation. Although the majority of these questions target the apparently drastic decision to remove animal products from our diets, such as the commonly thought of as primary protein sources milk, cheese, and meat, some of these inquiries relay a better informed nutritional concern: what protein do we get?

Common vegan sources of protein are likely well known to all vegans. Some leafy greens, beans and nuts, are a regular component of most vegan diets. But the regular intake of protein-rich foods is not a sufficient condition to ensure adequate protein intake.

I’ve said this about fats, and it’s valid for protein: not all protein is created equal. Guaranteeing complete protein availability through food requires some combinatorial skills.

The links below outline, for vegans and vegetarians alike, complementary sources of different types of proteins. Be sure to combine protein-rich foods to supply your body with the full range of micro nutrients.

http://www.vrg.org/nutrition/protein.php

http://www.four-h.purdue.edu/foods/Vegetarians.htm

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Beauty, Carbohydrates, edamame, Fats, fiber, Health, hummus, sixpence recipes, Super foods, Uncategorized, vitamin C

Edamame, roasted red pepper, and olives hummus

Today I had a fantastic strength training work out, which had been long overdue. After I caught up with the smith machine, a high-protein, high-varb treat was in order.

For this one, be sure to have the right food processor, and switch settings as needed so as not to overheat the motor for the blades. My blender found the making of this hummus a tad too difficult.

you need:

4 cups of edamame, roasted

5-6 cups of chickpeas (I prepared enough hummus to last me for several days)

3 tbsp of garlic

the juice from 2-3 limes

1 cup of kalamata olives

2 roasted red peppers

salt

olive oil

This amazing little treat has over 70 g of protein, is carbohydrate and fiber-rich, and ensures a healthy amount of Vitamin C! Enjoy it. Very filling and delicious.

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Beauty, Carbohydrates, fiber, Health, Love, Raw, sixpence recipes, Super foods, Uncategorized, Vitamin A, vitamin C, Well being

Veganfit lifestyle

How about waking up with a raw, vegan vitamin drink, going for a lovely 10K run in the city, and coming back to a recovery feast of protein, iron, vitamins, carbs, and fiber, all of it both delicious and beautiful?

For the recovery drink, I used 4-5 cups of spinach, 1/5th of a pineapple, 2 spoons of cocoa powder, 2 cups of almond milk.

I made the hummus with spanish olives, garlic, and roasted red peppers, with a hint of lime juice.

Later tonight: some sprints and the mandatory weights for faster legs and stronger bones and muscles. I needed that!

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carotene, Carrots, fiber, Quinoa, sixpence recipes, Super foods, Uncategorized, Well being

Quinoa with carrots and toasted sunflower seeds

This recipe is entirely impromptu, and triggered by my appetite after a 3 mile run. Luckily, it turned out light and delicious, and can just as well be done with pine nuts–I just happen to have sunflower seeds. Finally, wit a cost of about $3, this is easily a sixpence recipe.

What you need:

2 cups of quinoa

1/4 cup of sunflower seeds, raw

2 large carrots

1 tea spoon of minced garlic

olive oil

parsley

sea salt.

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Boil the quinoa with the carrots-chopped,  in 4 cups of water, salt to taste, and add the parsley.

In a skillet, toast the sunflower seeds with some salt, a drop of olive oil, and a tiny bit of garlic. Be sure to keep an eye on them frequently–they can burn in a matter of seconds! I toasted the seeds on medium heat until golden.

Once the sunflower seeds are ready, place them on a plate to stop the cooking. In a bowl, mix the quinoa, carrots, and sunflower seeds. The sweetness of the carrots is nicely balanced by the salty seeds, which also add crunchiness to your quinoa meal!

Enjoy! Protein, fiber, fats, and some great carotene. YUMMY!

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Carbohydrates, fiber, Quinoa, Salads, Science-based nutrition, sixpence recipes, Super foods, Uncategorized, vitamin C

Why rage about quinoa

It’s almost a rule of thumb that if you are vegan, you must eat quinoa. Most of us know that it is a good source of iron, calcium, phosphorus, and fiber, and an excellent food not only for vegans but for those who have lactose intolerance. Quinoa is also protein rich, although not as rich as some beans and wild rice.

The primary reason to value quinoa as a “super food” is because it is a source of complete protein, in other words: it contains all essential amino acids necessary for the wholesome nutrition of humans and other animals, and, critically (and unlike other foods containing all essential amino acids)-does so in adequate proportions to secure sufficient intake.

To add to its fantastic nutritious qualities, I added some lemon juice, sunflower seeds, and sliced apples to a bowl of cooked, chilled quinoa for a light dinner salad, rich in protein, vitamin C, dietary fiber, and fats. With a cost of only about $2, this recipe also made it in the sixpence recipe category.

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